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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 478

B.W. Raymond

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 28932789
Grade: 478
Model: 15
Estimated Production Year: 1926
Run Quantity: 2,000
Grade/Model Run: 35 of 90
Total Production: 185,400
Size: 16s
Jewels: 21j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Ball
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 5
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Mixed
U.S. Patents: 77078, 596407
Data Research: 1927/1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • July 9, 2019:
    Serial Number 28932715 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2019:
    Serial Number 28932789 was reported as accurate
  • April 3, 2019:
    Serial Number 28932789 was reported as accurate
  • December 11, 2018:
    Serial Number 28932136 was reported as accurate
  • November 13, 2018:
    Serial Number 28932445 was reported as accurate
  • June 7, 2017:
    Serial Number 28933663 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Wind Indicator Present: No
  • January 10, 2017:
    Serial Number 28932743 was reported as accurate
  • December 27, 2015:
    Serial Number 28933899 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Wind Indicator is present on this watch serial
  • November 7, 2015:
    Serial Number 28932137 was reported as accurate
  • August 27, 2014:
    Serial Number 28933801 was reported as accurate
  • September 12, 2013:
    Serial Number 28933230 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2013:
    Serial Number 28932593 was reported as accurate
  • February 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 28933840 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: WI
  • August 17, 2012:
    Serial Number 28933170 was reported as accurate
  • June 9, 2012:
    Serial Number 28933223 was reported as accurate